Times have changed!

There was a time when we were growing up when most kids in high school would be burning the midnight oil to secure a seat into professional courses. It was almost every parent’s dream to see their son or daughter be either an engineer or a doctor. All other professions were given a back seat. The competition to the professional courses was also very intense and if one was to secure admission into an IIT or an AIIMS, they would have to be in the top 1 or 2 % of all students appearing for the exams. To secure a seat in state engineering and medical colleges was also difficult, as there were very few private colleges.

Fast forward to 2017 – conditions have changed. The number of engineering and medical colleges have increased drastically. As a result, the number of seats available in colleges has also increased. Students and parents are not hung up on engineering and medicine as the only gateway to success anymore. New fields of study are more popular among the younger generation – Biotechnology, Genetics, Robotics, and Fashion designing to name a few. Fresh graduates are keen to pursue their passion and are starting new companies. With the political environment in India favoring innovations and encouraging startups, this is probably the best time to be an entrepreneur.

So, if you are in your high school and wondering what your path forward is – sit down, relax and follow your passion. But, make sure you are proficient at that job. It does not matter what you do or what you become in life, what matters is that you are good and interested in what you are pursuing. Money, fame, and happiness will follow you wherever you are.

 

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